[Global Times comprehensive report] Russian President Vladimir Vladimir Vladorushkin, a former pilot of the Russian presidential special plane, said that there had been an emergency while President Putin was flying.
Fedorushkin said the plane was flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The weather in Moscow and St. Petersburg was terrible for flight: low clouds, heavy rain, side wind, and gusts. We took off from Fenukovo Airport and, in some places, we were flying at altitudes of 5500-6000 metres, plunged into turbulent airflow. The pilot said that the aircrafts autopilot had been completely damaged and the joystick could only rotate one third, making it more difficult to land under heavy rains. The probability of an airplane going out of the runway is 90 percent, but we managed to cope with it successfully, Fedorushkin said. He added that after the plane landed, he talked to the president about the incident.
The Special Flight Team Russia is under the jurisdiction of the Russian Presidential Authority. The bureaus press secretary, Yelena Kreirova, confirmed that Fedorushkin retired in 2014 after years in the Special Flight Team. The experience he gained in flying an airplane is very useful for young pilots. In the Special Flight Team, there is a counseling agency where Fedorushkin can share knowledge and skills. However, Kreilova added that the special flight crew regretted that, despite repeated invitations, Fedorushkin had not yet been invited to start the flight. (Li Na)
Source: Global Network Responsible Editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026